Carnival Glory Cruise Review by Mellow69Yellow
- Sail Date: October 2011
- Destination: Canada & New England
- Cabin Type: Interior
Debarkation Info; passed out last day of cruise states each adult allowed 2 liters of alcohol, their on board shop selling a package deal of 4 one liter bottles of vodka, duty free also.
Wife and I purchased their 4 - 1 liter bottle offer prior to New York arrival. US Customs held me back till I went and paid tax on 2 of the 4 bottles. Customs agent said that you are only allowed 1 liter duty free. Wife waited with all luggage while I scampered down to the other end, about 1500 feet away, to the duty tax window and back again. Only $6.00 tax but a great inconvience and misinformation by them.
We are both elderly and I am handicapped, walking with a cane, due to their wrong info and sales procedure. A call after return home resolved nothing, they would not admit their info packet is incorrect. They instead said that each port is different. Hard to believe US Customs have different standards for each entry point. Who is the lier here? They sure would not admit it.
Boston port: They stressed returning early to ship for normal departure schedule. Waiting over 1 1/2 hours in line to board, only one entrance ramp open with some 2000+ passengers, a cruise official dressed in a white uniform cut thru the line, went to back of line and returned, excusing himself again, brought about 50+ people from back of line around us and onto another newly opened ramp. We were about 20 feet from entering ramp.
Many of us in line stopped him after and questioned his move. He said that we were almost to the ramp and the people in back were far from the entrance? What was I to do, was his final reply.
We have been on around 9 cruises and I have never been hounded so much getting on/off and while on board for taking our pictures. Also continually hounded every 2 - 5 minutes while relaxing, being asked if we want a drink of the day.
Bottom line, enjoy Carnival Cruising, because my wife and I, and also our accompanying first time cruising friends will never go with them again.
The lower berth and more center of ship the least movement. Of about 9 previous cruises, this is by far the most movement ever experienced, with as little as 2-3 foot waves. Sad seeing ship is only 8 years old.
Very limited channels available on TV. Cruise highlights of shows always showing same from the first day and not updated with other events, etc..
Other cruise lines show highlights of the previous days and is changed each day for your in room viewing, but not Carnival.
Room service was very good, fast and unobtrusive to the guest.
Port & Shore Excursion Reviews
BostonGreat American history. Will definitely return soon for a closer visit.View All 548 Boston Cruise Port Reviews
Recommend the on/off trolley. We rode entire route, found what we wanted to visit and returned the 2nd time around.
Not really enough time in port to see all we would have liked.
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HalifaxReally a great opportunity to see the history behind America and Canadian relationship over the years.View All 637 Halifax Cruise Port Reviews
Excursion was to Peggy Cove and the Titanic grave site. How wonderful and sad at the same time. A great excursion and guides full of info.
NOTE: Dress very warm, as it was and usually is cold and damp.
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Portland (Maine)Don't miss the most photographed Light House on the point. Great views and scenic pictures.View All 271 Portland (Maine) Cruise Port Reviews
The light house boat excursion is really a nice trip to see the areas port of interest.
Downtown shopping is also easy on and off and within walking distance to ship.
Many unique shops and designs.
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